Cindy moved to Brookfield in 1994 with her husband and three children in tow. It's been a very interesting seventeen years.
There's no doubt in my mind that two schools should have been voted closed last night. Why put the community through the decision again in two years? Jumble the boundaries once, not twice, and put this behind us. I am sad that so many on the board who consider member Glen Allgaier to be great with numbers do not take his recommendation to close both grade schools to heart. Does the board really think the decision will be any easier down the road?
A couple of other observations:
Also discussed last night was non-resident enrollment. This district still supports too many students that do not live in the tax district.
Overheard last night: The district plans to move all the Chapter 220 students to Burleigh. I sure hope I have that one wrong.
For all the anxiety created because little Sally will go to a different school next year, would there be any, and I mean ANY problem for the darling child if she was changing schools because the district was expanding? I moved grade schools in the middle of 2nd grade for just that reason. And I'm here to report that I lived through the entire experience.
One last thought: Do not for one minute forget that a couple of board members who are intent upon getting the district out of the current financial problem who got them into it. Meg Wartman comes to mind. Also, there are a handful who pushed the high school referendum who now appear ever so attentive to financial matters. We get what we vote for, you know. Don't like throwing money around? Don't let a few of them have the job back next April.